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i'm. shocked and and i witnessed a brutal attacks on kurdish civilians in syria tells you what's happening in the ethnic enclaves and now plagued by radical it's. been all foreign and defense ministers from russia and the u.s. are set to search for a solution to the syrian violence the first meeting since a diplomatic fiction in a series of leaker edward snowden is called relations. and the roots and fruits of the arab spring we look at the ongoing democratic says and struggle for stability in the arab world and to yes on pricing.
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has just gone past men day here in the russian capital you live with us on friday with r.t. with me to say the sake a look at our top story this hour. kurds are you trying to report attacks by radical islamists in syria in danger of being abducted that's what an eyewitness to an assault has told our team the kurdish minority in syria has enjoyed being the target of heavy attacks allegedly for around three weeks now with an alarming reports of killings and kidnappings growing our correspondent in the region and has the story. our ticket is getting new details horrifying details from the eyewitnesses who happened to be in the area those details are extremely hard to come by because of the essential blockade information and physical blockade which has been put up against the rest of the world by the extremists who are permeating the kurdish areas and towns in the northeastern syrian provinces now when we do get to manage to speak to some of the eyewitnesses for what is happening in this region we hear truly horrendous reports. of doing this keep their shot militias
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raided their house and blew up some of the others they have more than two hundred civilian hostages contact with some of those who managed to escape there into shock and fear for their conditions are very bad people are in fear and terrorized. out of control there raiding the streets there's no media coverage and anyone who tries to reach out is being killed by the militants the united nations investigators are on the ground right now trying to piece together whether earlier reports of some four hundred people being killed in cold blood are indeed true the u.n. has said that if indeed those reports have any basis in reality that this amounts to a war crime nevertheless this is doesn't seem to get any better even though it does get more coverage at this point the problem is like i said it's the lack of communication it's the lack of opportunity for people who are inside the kurdish towns and villages to reach out to the world because they are essentially fearful
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to even come out on the street where extremist groups are roaming the cities and towns and of course the reporters or any other journalists type people who are trying to get into the areas again they cannot get through because of the extremely dangerous situation so of course the situation doesn't seem to get any better and it is something that the international community is definitely becoming more and more alarmed about. you can follow me on twitter. in the syrian. place and the situation with the country's kurdish minority. a statement from the peace in kurdistan campaign calls on the other to defend the kurds a from massacre and ethnic cleansing as after the kurdish democratic union party appealed to the e.u. on thursday also calling to the world for help and protection from what they see as genocide against a people let's take a look at that statement peace activists in kurdistan are asking the you want the
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u.s. and the e.u. to act now to stop what they call brutal massacres demanding that they stop sending weapons to groups in syria using them to attack civilians and committing war crimes the statement also says that turkey's role in fueling the conflict in the kurdish enclaves in syria needs to be examined as well as all those delta turkish claims that it is not involved and that it doesn't support al qaeda linked fighters kurdish politician her son mohammed the things of the support the syrian rebels are receiving from abroad is to blame for his people's plight. all of this is happening because the rebels have been on from abroad by countries that do not want democracy and peace and. turkey in the gulf monarchies that are arming these terrorists meanwhile western countries are turning a blind eye to all their ignoring the atrocities being committed against the kurds
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were calling on the west to stop supporting the rebels and to assist us otherwise these extremist forces could eventually turn against their back. the cia's are going second in command has one that syria's turbulent situation raises the chance of al-qaeda affiliated extremists getting their hands on dangerous weapons and that makes syria the top threat for the u.s. right now the former deputy director michael morales says of the potential collapse of the assad government or with its massive chemical arsenal or render the country a haven for al qaeda terrorists he also claims that given the constant inflow of arms or syria could become the next libya and the conflict could spill over into jordan lebanon and iraq the director of the institute for policy studies told us that the u.s. and its western allies should reconsider their military support to the syrian opposition says there's no guarantee who will eventually get the weapons. despite
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all of the assurances of the various representatives of the free syrian army or the national syrian council who say well we'll make sure they don't get in their hands because we'll keep receipts i'm sorry but receipts aren't going to make it when one force has the capacity militarily to overcome the other force they can't make that kind of a guarantee that they won't fall into those hands it's been true for quite a while that the most powerful militarily of the opposition forces have been the islamist forces allied consciously of their own choice with al-qaeda certainly there will be challenges for the west if there is another permanent stronghold of al qaeda someplace like syria and the danger of al qaeda or other unaccountable forces who have no commitment to international law getting control of weapons of mass destruction that may exist inside inside syria such as chemical weapons that would be disastrous. finding a solution to syria will take center stage when russia's foreign and defense
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ministers meet the u.s. counterparts late on friday in relations between the two countries to a big hit after barack obama canceled his one on one with president putin largely because russia granted asylum to n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden. and reports both sides are trying to stand on putting shrinking common ground on key issues. u.s. russia relations for a new low over snowden president obama has just scrapped the bilateral meeting with president putin it's in this frosty setting that secretary of state john kerry and secretary of defense chuck hagel are meeting their russian counterparts so you get up and sergey to try and find common ground on a whole range of issues snowden of course will be part of the discussion it is a part but it is a not a large part of what the agenda will be on friday the obama administration keeps saying they scrapped the meeting with the russian president not just because of snowden but because of a lack of progress on other issues naming missile defense and human rights in russia but the u.s.
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has helped talk some disagreement over missile defense committee years with regard to human rights imagine if meeting with the u.s. president one possible so it's pretty much clear to everyone that at this point it is about snowden and the question many ask ahead of the friday meeting is whether this scandal basic tension will affect cooperation between the u.s. and russia in other spheres on syria for instance where cooperation is already under a lot of strain to say the least both moscow and washington agreeing to meet somebody in geneva where they will bring all sides of the syrian conflict together to map out a political solution but are they any closer the opposition has been clear they will not sit down with people who have blood on their hands these are all part of the discussion and all issues we continue to work through the idea of the summit was about bringing all hands to the negotiating table in order to finally stop the bloodshed and save syria from becoming an all but one thing that both the u.s. and russia agree on is that the terrorist threat is growing in syria russia is sure
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to raise the issue of u.s. plans to arm the rebels when it's clear that the weapons can easily migrating to the terrorists' hands that happened in libya so similar concerns on both sides but very strong disagreements on what to do and how to do it nobody expects that before . a first for john kerry love ross. gore will walk out of that meeting on friday with a big smile on their face but the hope is that they will at least not let disagreements and scandals completely overshadow whatever progress the two countries can actually make. so a tense meeting coming up between both countries top officials to president obama's with using to meet one on one over the edward snowden situation but political scientists. on other things washington's move is aimed at domestic politics and one of the international agenda the large extent american foreign policy is domestic so
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what bohm is doing or saying it's more for domestic american consumption i don't seem to scold situation has anything to do with impacting the agenda of the g. twenty summit for which obama is coming to assume petersburg there reserve force cooperation on afghanistan especially transit to control again or stand and it will continue but i don't think it will influence the relations as far as. the like syria or iran or middle east in general so there is not much of an agenda or to be influenced by the situation. snowed in order to be favored one particular encrypted mail service but now its owner has been forced to shut it off face legal consequences find out more. and all you'll read about an n.s.a. official coming clean about exactly how data from american citizens ends up in the
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snooping agency's hands. soldiers went to live a hit by a storm of calls to boycott the games but it's got nothing to do with sport we take a look all that in a few minutes. really i mean my colleagues and i will never shake mr sikes feelings hanscom i consider him a war criminal like the beast a. lot of. good
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you can free. free. free. free. free. free. video for your media. free media our t.v. dot com. thanks. thanks for staying with us here on r.t.e. roughly two and a half is a revolutionary wave that shook the arab world's none of the countries which experience uprisings i'm joined stability today some of them struggling to stay the course for democracy while i was experiencing deja vu with yet more riots he's in
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tunisia for instance have been using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters who won the government dissolved arches and he said now has the story. the arab spring captivated the world just over two swords years ago changed democracy and new elected governments were promised in the three countries that began this wave of revolution but what prevailed is nothing short of chaos almost full circles in tunisia and egypt and in neighboring libya a situation some described as much worse than before regime change we don't hear anything about libya in the western press or western television channels what we know is different groups vying for supremacy people are desperate to try and put a cover all of what has been created by the libyan disaster in the fall of gadhafi trends have formed take tunisia we all remember mohamed who is easy the fruit
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vendor who set himself on fire in december twenty ten his death sparked mass protests followed by the president fleeing in mid january twentieth eleven now again the death of an opposition leader sparked protests in july twenty third teen they haven't let down still this week tens of thousands are on the street demanding the resignation of the government in egypt similar to two thousand and eleven and mass protest mubarak he's out twenty third seen mass protests morsy is also out and violence reigns with the help of the military. the fact that morsi violated human rights does not justify overthrowing him and especially if together with the overthrow we get more violations of human rights rather unless you are an investigator on torture one man does there he told r g the most worried he is it's about countries like libya where the organization is denied access but
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are aware of atrocities far worse than under gadhafi very troublesome because we hear about clandestine detention centers. detention centers that are run by militias that are not accountable to anybody so many experts including mendez expects positive change in the our world it's just not clear at what cost and how long it could take egypt's military backed government is struggling to restore political stability but the egyptian people face a much bigger problem now the post ramadan fast. food it will be increasingly hard to come by as the most populous arab nation is experiencing a major supply crisis and it's also in the words economic condition in nearly eighty s. artie's bill she examines the problem. at a cairo hospital food bank volunteers offload banks of provisions to prepare
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a traditional ramadan dinner for many like most of our words a hospital worker tonight's donated meal is the largest one he'll get this week i earn about fifty dollars a month and we are six people so the maximum i can do is buy beans two for a few sounds so i can eat we want justice i work a whole day and make practically nothing when i'm leaving but if i don't and this tiny salary my family will meet the poorest suffering in egypt as policymakers and the media are distracted by the deepening political crisis food banks like this one who tried to cover the whole country are stretched to their limits explains coordinator money amount of thought that the poverty line is so high food is the most important think we care about who provide hundreds of food baskets full of fries and basic food stuff so that they can feed families for a month in some places will go to utterly destroyed every time we visit it gets worse even provide livestock so that they can feed themselves for a while with the country in turmoil food distribution centers like these a plug in the gaps amid an escalating crisis food insecurity has risen
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significantly in the last few years according to the world food program resulting in a rise in stunting anemia amongst children due to malnutrition over a quarter of the population is under the poverty line and they're the ones being hardest hit with the continued civil unrest and dwindling foreign exchange reserves and they say the situation will only get worse as egypt is unable to import much needed wheat for the brat millions depend on government subsidized bread that sells for about one cents a loaf however critics say egypt's food subsidies are wasteful and don't filter down to those who truly need it it's basically subsidizing items at a very cheap prices that bailing it to the mainstream populations with a very high calorie intake very slow nutrition and very close to nineteen percent of the poorest people are not getting any use of the subsidy and we know that twenty percent of the subs. he goes to the richest strata of the society and i guess if there's another productive subsidy egypt is facing its worst economic
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crisis since the one nine hundred thirty s. and food prices have doubled since two thousand and twelve making nutritious food inaccessible to many in the world that there are high prices everywhere to meet his vegetables are too expensive for me with few functioning state institutions on the new interim government focused on developing political events these issues will continue to go on resolved and for the moment the most vulnerable will be lacked starving tree for r.t. cairo. innocent americans have been paying police the billions of dollars for not committing crimes a system designed to seize assets from drug lords and mafia bosses has been called filling police coffers head to our website for war on that. day lost eighty five hours then you might have to wait three years for each summer but those are freezing rain or revolving around jupiter that may be mankind's our
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best chance at survival. tells you more. news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. trying to rule the day. problem british actor stephen fry has caused quite a stir with his call to boycott the sochi winter games as a russian legislators agreed a ban on promoting homosexuality to children. separates of the myths of from the reality of the media frenzy. stephen fry's open letter said that russia is making scapegoats out of gay people just as hitler did the jews which is why he's called for
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a boycott of the upcoming winter olympics set to take place in the russian town of sochi next february not a boycott sort she idea is gathering at lightning pace with commentators on both sides of the story weighing in some of the service of pointed out that the legislation passed in russia isn't unprecedented in fact the u.k. itself had a similar law were in place until very recently the united kingdom had something called section twenty eight in place until two thousand and three which was almost exactly the same is the recent law passed in russia which said that homosexuality should not be promoted in schools or to minors so much for keeping sports and politics separate which is exactly the message that the international olympic committee gave to r.t. boycotting sochi twenty fourteen would only serve to deprive the country's athletes from fulfilling their dreams of competing at an olympic games something they've dedicated a great portion of their lives to accomplish history has shown that boycotts do not
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solve anything but simply punish olympic athletes those campaigning for gay rights also doubting whether stephen fry's proposed boycott is the right path to go down the only people who will suffer because of this because it is the sportsman who are participating in these in these competitions that's why i'm against the best solution in this in this case is to go and protest during the olympic games concerns surrounding the new gay propaganda on the war in russia has even led to worries that gay athletes could be arrested when they arrive in sochi for the games to which russian authorities to fire a fide that the new law doesn't outlaw homosexuality and that those attending and participating in the games will be safe despite the assurances in this former olympic host city the talk of boycott shows no sign of abating. ok artsy london all right let's take a look at some other world news making headlines this hour there's been violence between students and one recent chile often activists from the ethnic community
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west bank shot protesters hurled rocks and molotov cocktails from inside the university of chile our security forces responded with tear gas and water cannons now the police are accused of murdering the activism which the authorities denied she was recently reprimanded by u.n. investigator for using excessive force to give indigenous i'm approaching minority over land rights. daily violence and bodies dan has claimed at least another nine lives this time in a gun attack on a mosque in it's a day after a funeral was attacked by a bomb in the same city meanwhile in the east of the country washington is evacuating staff from its lahore mission following the terror to both the entire province is currently on high alert. represents breading wildfire has forced thousands of americans to see their homes in southern california five people
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have so far been injured and ten homes destroyed official says say another five hundred homes and now at risk a thousand firefighters helicopters and tanker planes have been called in to tackle the blaze. israel has authorized eight hundred homes to be build in occupied west bank territory peace talks with the palestinians are supposed to resume on aug fourteenth after a stalemate of almost three years but it's fear that this new development will put a spanner in the works of the israeli settlement expansion in twenty two and brought the last talks to a grinding halt. use drone strikes in yemen have killed up to fourteen suspected militants according to officials there tax come a day after dorothy's said they had foiled a massive al qaeda terror plot in the region the u.s. and other wars western states closed their diplomatic missions earlier this week amid fears of an islamist attack but some analysts believe america's drone strikes are contributing to militant recruitment rather than fighting it. now next that
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special report on the two thousand and eight a war between georgia and south you're watching. everyone respects a promise written in stone that promises written on the internet well they're a bit more flexible and a lot easier to erase obama made a lot of promises as a candidate on his site change dot gov including some about protecting whistleblowers and obama said that we need to empower federal employees as watchdogs and that he would strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste fraud and abuse of authority and government but strangely
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and possibly coincidentally two days after the first revelation of government spying by stoughton these promises of the change dot gov site were taken down if this is not just some odd coincidence and they consciously chose to hide obama's campaign promises that this is political cowardice at its worst and words even worse is that they didn't think that this would get exposed almost immediately if you try to conduct some sort of medieval book burning to destroy information on the internet then you are only going to get burnt yourself but that's just my opinion.
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god here is gone the world has almost forgot about that for just five days of watching this relatively few casualties and yet that war had all the hallmarks of the bloodiest conflicts in human history political posturing backstage scuffles dramatic a fact all leading to profound finale it was an act of war with real people drawn into a crowd scenes. that if you get the. world. international politics always involves
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a fair share of scripting and staging smiling while scheming and keeping up appearances while tensions simmer beneath by summer of two thousand and eight relations between russia and georgia had already been strained yet with a new leader in the kremlin there weren't resat was trendy in diplomatic circles. i can still remember the moment when i stood up to meet him in my office. the room with a shining kind smile. i told him i'd like to find a way to ease relations between our countries to improve them. take into consideration the distinct feelings that georgian and russian people had to watch each other. that he had the same feelings. that was our primary goal and that it could be achieved. that was the end of our discussion.
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i was on a visit to the white house as head of the presidential administration. the first words that george w. bush my future colleague said to me about him. he said. is a good guy. it was the first thing i heard from him. but there were differences too while madrid it was only adjusting to his new role really had already built. the most. generous. forms including the army within a day georgia to join nato there was just one technicality.
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to do. i believe that. agreement. when we will do anything to prove violence. so just to put our efforts together to look after our country. to stop the oil and . to make over future better. let's forget all our negative experience in the past and think about the future. milimeter as mudsill washed out a trespass her four year old grandson.